Serious case review in to hammer attack at school

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An independent review is to be launched at a school where a teenager was left brain damaged after being attacked with a hammer by a gang.

The Serious Case Review will examine how a gang of Asian youths were able to walk in to the tennis courts at a Wiltshire school and hit 15-year-old Henry Webster repeatedly around the head with a claw hammer.

Seven teenagers were convicted of the assault at a trial in which prosecutors described the assault as something out of a "Quentin Tarantino film".

When passing sentence, the judge, Carol Hagen, criticised Ridgeway School, in Wroughton, Swindon and asked why no member of staff had been present at the time.

The review will be carried out by the Swindon Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).

Henry, a 6ft 2in rugby player, was left with three skull fractures, one of which caused the brain injury.

His mother Liz Webster said yesterday: "The responsibility and extreme worry of caring for a child with a brain injury has been exhausting. But if this had happened to Henry in a care home, if a train had crashed leaving him with similar injuries, if he'd been attacked in prison or if this had happened to him at home, it would have been investigated immediately.

"All the current standards for checking the status of a school and the welfare of its pupils are simply geared towards academic achievement. It's worrying to think that a school can have so much independence."

A spokesman for Swindon LSCB said: "A Serious Case Review is designed to examine how all agencies involved worked together, and if there are lessons to be learned to improve the safeguarding of children. Its purpose is not to apportion blame.

A spokesman for the Department for Children, Schools and Families said: "This is not the first time that a serious case review has been conducted involving a school, though the circumstances of this terrible attack are unusual.

"Serious case reviews are not about blame. They are intended to establish what lessons can be learnt from an individual tragedy such as this, and then to ensure that they are. continues here

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